Places Protected in the Islands
Sitting in a dry, upland area of Salt Spring Island, the wetland on Pat and Rosemarie Keough's property is one of the few sources of summer water for aquatic and amphibious species in the area. The Keoughs watch Red-winged Blackbirds, Hooded Mergansers, and Virginia Rail flying among the reeds in the wetland. Red-legged frogs and long-toed salamanders can be found breeding here in the spring.
The Keoughs are conservationists at heart. Before 2001, part of the wetland on their property was shared with a neighbouring property. When Pat and Rosemarie learned the neighbouring property, along with part of the wetland, was slated for development, they sprang into action and purchased the remainder of the wetland from their neighbour. The couple then protected the entire wetland with a conservation covenant, preserving the unique habitat forever.
The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant
After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil now enjoy a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.
Page last updated: 10/02/16